Yes!! This is the number one tenet of the Audubon education....see my answers above. One example is when a classmate was in the hospital for a lengthy time period, a teacher FaceTimed the entire day to the student so that he/she could be kept abreast of what was happening and interact with his/her peers. The classmates visited the hospital frequently, made cards/gifts etc. Another example involved a student with cancer; the classmates all shaved their heads to show support for their friend. The teachers undergo professional development training provided by the a Foundation on inclusion and this is carried over into the classroom. Students whom are diverse learners are not separated from their peers at Audubon; learning occurs side-by-side. This makes all students emphatic and able to work with all different types of people...just like the real world!
Audubon instills a belief system called "The Audubon Way" in which students are called upon to ensure their peers are behaving and acting appropriately and fair at all times. They have a monthly Upstander award that the students select a fellow student who embodies the Audubon Way.
Audubon is a supportive learning community for all students. Being a member of this unique community means:
setting and pursuing personal learning goals
striving for excellence in all academic areas
displaying kindness and acceptance of all students and peers
accepting and celebrating differences among all people
developing and using creativity to learn and solve problems
exhibiting courteous and helpful behaviors toward students, teachers, community member and guests of our school.
These characterisits are the manifestation of “the Audubon Way."
Audubon is amazing! Not only a high-quality educational experience, developing the whole child by focusing on inclusion, differentiated learning and social emotion well-being, but because of the amazing dedicated community, comprised of excellent staff, teachers, parents, support staff, and community partners. Audubon is truly a gem of a neighborhood school and different from several of the other north side CPS K-8 schools because it is smaller, with an average of 520 students total - what this means is that there are 2-3 classes per grade level and so your child gets to know everyone within their grade level and you as a parent develop relationships with other parents. The parent community is so significantly committed and engaged in the school, and truly look out for every individual child, offering a unique and highly valuable support system for raising a child in a city. If I am running late, I easily text another parent to ask them to pick up my kid from school and it's done. Playdates occur on a daily basis. When families have new babies, classmates deliver lasagna to your doorstop. When there is hardship and trauma in families, your child's peers and their parents all chip in to show support. Audubon is at the heart of Roscoe Village, truly a village within a city - everyone walks to/from school, parents are always outside chatting, developing lifelong friendships and this has a tremendous impact on the students. They are more confident, agile, adaptive, well-adjusted and socially-emotionally healthy kids. I would highly recommend that you come check out Audubon today! We just hired a new principal, Ms. Meghan Duffy, a phenomenal educator and exemplary leader, dedicated to the students and staff. She brings her enthusiasm, experience and organizational leadership to making Audubon excellent every day!
Best CPS elementary school. Teachers are caring, supportive and simply amazing. If you wasn't your child to get a well rounded education this is the place. Organized fundraising, school dances and wonderful staff.
Wonderful inclusion of children with atypical learning needs here. The teachers are all excellent, caring, and fun professionals. The parent community is extremely strong and cooperative -- they raise lots of money for extras like Teacher's Aides, Special Ed teachers, and equipment, and initiate programs for tolerance and community service. The newish principal brought music and art back!
As a former student of this school, I can confidently say that this school is below average academically and beyond. While situated in a great neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, it doesn't match up to the kind of educational standards that you need to meet if you want to be a great school in Chicago. Its teachers are lackluster and its school facilities are very old. Bell Elementary is close by and clearly beats Audubon by a league and a half. Early on in my education there I was very bored with the curriculum there, and I felt like the teaching could have been much better. Their special needs or education accommodation is very unsatisfactory. Overall, if you want to enroll your child in a friendly environment, you're in the neighborhood, and academic excellence isn't a priority, then go for it. But, honestly, in the complex of schools in CPS, there are much better schools, even in the north side.
I was a student at Audubon I graduated in 1999, it was a great school then and it has only gotten better with time. The teachers, and principal are great with the kids education and caring about everyone. My daughter will be starting 1st grade and I am confident that just like her previous years she will succeed due to all the hard work the teachers do with the students
My daughter is in her 3rd year at this school, and I feel so fortunate to live in this neighborhood where this is the elementary school. In an era where charter schools are the rage, Audubon is a reminder that with cooperation between the principal, teachers, AND parents, a neighborhood CPS school can succeed and even excel. Don't give up on neighborhood schools. Charters are not the answer, Mayor Emanuel.